Harford teacher accused of abuse is found dead

December 21, 2008|By Matthew Hay Brown | Matthew Hay Brown,matthew.brown@baltsun.com

A Harford County high school teacher who was arrested last month after being accused of slapping a 16-year-old female student on the buttocks was found dead of a gunshot wound in his home last night.

Brian Norman, 34, a history teacher at North Harford High School in Pylesville, was discovered in his home in the 1600 block of Denise Drive in Forest Hill shortly before 8 p.m. by friends concerned for his well-being, Harford County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Monica Worrell said. Norman was arrested Nov. 13 and charged with a fourth-degree sexual offense, second-degree assault and threatening school employees with bodily harm. Police said he slapped a student after a history class Oct. 24 and made death threats to unnamed school employees the same day.

Police said an investigation revealed that Norman had telephoned and text-messaged the student and, on several occasions, had driven her to the Harford Mall in Bel Air. He was placed on administrative leave and sent to a psychiatric facility, from which he was released.

Norman was free on $25,000 bond after his arrest.

Before the shooting last night, Norman had expressed to friends that he was distressed, Worrell said. Police were investigating.

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